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South Arkansas is the greater area in Arkansas that encompasses the lower 15 counties of the state, with Union County being the most predominate. In the 1920s, nationwide attention focused on South Arkansas when the Smackover field was ranked first among the nation's oil fields. For five months in 1925, the 40-square-mile Smackover field was the focal point of one of the wildest mineral booms in North America. Today, south Arkansas's oil fields produce petroleum throughout a 10-county area.

Columbia and Union counties also stretch over one of the largest brine reserves in the world. Bromine is derived from brine, or saltwater, and local companies play an international role in the commercialization of bromine and its many applications.


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News from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

In between rides on the fun slide and a child-size carnival car, 1-year-old Zaria Malik sat in her mother's arms and marveled at a police helicopter circling the Arkansas State Fair.


For the second time in 14 years, Arkansas voters will decide the fate of a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow the governor to retain his powers when he travels out of state.


ROGERS ? Two firefighters made local history earlier this month when they served as the first all-female crew on Medic 1, the Rogers downtown ambulance.


Early voting starts statewide today for the Nov. 8 general election.


During a recess from Congress in August, 4th District Rep. Bruce Westerman took a three-day forestry tour through southern Arkansas timberland, praising the resurgence of the pulp and paper industry w...


Republican Jimmy Gazaway is touting his legal experience while his Democratic opponent, Frankie Gilliam, is emphasizing her economic development experience in their bids for the state House seat held ...


FORT SMITH -- All four candidates running for the city director Ward 2 and 4 positions said at a recent forum that they would oppose raising water rates to pay for needed improvements to the system.


100 years ago Oct. 24, 1916


Oct. 13 Ryan James Burkevich, 36, and Rachel Elizabeth Culp, 28, both of Fayetteville


Oct. 14 Harley Robert Eugene Allen, 28, and Amanda Leigh Lessley, 26, both of Siloam Springs


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